Hollybush is supported by Leeds City Council and the Big Lottery Fund

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General Enquiries/Referrals

Hollybush is a busy centre and most of our staff are out during the day delivering projects and supporting volunteers. We therefore ask that general phone enquiries and referrals are made Mon-Fri from 11am-2pm where possible, and TCV will aim to have a staff member available to help you. 0113 274 2335

Please note even in this time window the person on duty may be dealing with a caller to the building or another phone call. Whenever your call is not answered, please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your consideration and patience, we really do want to talk to you about volunteering at TCV Hollybush!

Emails    General volunteering and short courses  leeds@tcv.org.uk     Green Gym in North, East and South Leeds gg-leeds@tcv.org.uk

Visiting the Wildlife Garden and Cafe

The cafe is  open for simple lunches and home-made cakes Tuesday to Friday from 10.30 - 3pm (lunches last order 2.30). See menu here

The garden is open with access from the towpath and from the car park at the same times.  The site is busier on Wednesdays and Fridays. We have limited onsite parking and politely request that unless you have mobility needs or have multiple very small children on your own that you use alternative nearby car parks.


Tuesday 25th to Friday 28th October  10.30 - 3pm   Our popular half term trails return for a third year. For just £1.50 collect a clipboard and a quiz sheet and set off in search of the  spooky clues. Includes a drink of squash and a themed biscuits for the children. Adult entry is free and they may wish to purchase refreshments.

Saturday 29th October 4.30 - 8pm Dark Garden Tricks and Treats fundraiser.  Bring your under-10s to our Dark Garden, we dare you to follow the candlelit trail to complete Halloween challenges; bob for apples, test the beastly buckets, toast marshmallows, listen to the story teller, make a mini broom stick or a wand. Fun level high, scare level low. 

Children £5 each plus eventbrite fees, or from the cafe Accompanying adults £1 on the door.

Hot food and drink, baked potatoes, parkin available from the barn cafe.

Tickets https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hollybush-halloween-tricks-and-treats-fundraiser-tickets-28011442980

Save the dates

Christmas Craft Fair Sunday 27th November 11.30 to 3.30pm  A range of gifts made by the woodwork teams, the Hollybush Project. Honey etc from Calverley Beekeepers.

A Fairy Trail Christmas  Sunday 18th December 5-8pm  With 7 days left to go we will turn the garden into a magical space.

Children £5 for the trail £3 for craft activity  Accompanying adults £2 on the door.

More details and bookings please see



Why not try bushcraft, woodwork, gardening, tree planting, tree felling and conservation volunteering? Experienced and friendly tutors aim to teach you new skills, improve health and boost confidence.

Find out all about our new courses this term on the training page!

Do you want to support adults with Learning Disabilities?

The Hollybush Project has extra places supported now, so we need more volunteers to help out. Anyone who loves working with people and who can commit to one or two days a week can get involved. The group does all sorts of activities including gardening here at Hollybush, walking the canal, looking after raised beds at Kirstall Abbey baking cakes and serving in the Hollybush Cafe, and lots of arts and crafts. If you want to find our more Contact our volunteer coordinator Jess.

Volunteering at Hollybush

Now recruiting for Key Volunteer!

We undertake a wide range of conservation activities and provide lots of opportunities for volunteers. Hollybush has a unique atmosphere. Our work standards are high but we have a relaxed and sociable approach which makes this a great place to be. Why not join us and discover it for yourself?

Contact our volunteer coordinator Jess to find out how you can get involved today.

What's in it for you?

  • Personal development
  • A stepping stone to a career in the environment sector
  • Learn practical skills
  • Gain experience in volunteer co-ordination and project management
  • Receiving formal training through our training programmes

More information about volunteering

Hollybush Conservation Centre is home to The Conservation Volunteers in Leeds.

There is always something going on at Hollybush, whether its going out with one of our practical teams (Tuesday to Friday every week) to do some hands-on conservation work, supporting our students on the gardening course or helping around the gardens at Hollybush.

Come along, join us! You don’t need green fingers to volunteer and help improve local green spaces! Get your (old) woolly jumper on and join in!


Hollyvols practical tasks

All you need is a packed lunch and suitable clothing! Come along to Hollybush for 9am to complete a form and have a cuppa before our daily briefing... then go out with us on a minibus to one of the above projects.

Tuesday 25th October

We'll be heading up to Moortown Golf Club, to remove saplings from their heathland AND continuing work at Lane End Primary School, building some raised beds, pergolas and benches.

Wednesday 26th October

Hollyvols will be completing the project at Pudsey Greenside Primary, putting the finishing touches to the sound wall and planting-up the sensory area.

Thursday 27th October

More sapling removal from the rare heathland habitat at Moortown Golf Club AND continuing work at Lane End Primary School, building some raised beds, pergolas and benches.


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